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AMD Phenom II X4 965 Processor New Revision Review



When I was sent the refresh of the Phenom II X4 965 processor, I was expecting only to see thermal differences, however, I was quickly mistaken. The processor, as a whole - including the performance, was improved, not to mention the overclocking abilities. With the previous generation, I was not able to break the 4GHz barrier that I wanted, and it ran very hot when overclocked for long periods at a time. With the refreshed version, I was able to bring it up over 4GHz and maintain this overclock not only for benchmarking, but for everyday use as well and remain under the thermal limits of the processor. Throughout the testing of the refreshed Phenom II X4 965, the stock temperatures remained below 38C degrees and the overclocked temperatures peaked at 51C at 1.5V, which is great considering the first generation at the same voltage, and a lower overclock ceiling, topped the 62C threshold after long periods of being overclocked. That is over a 10C drop from the better thermal properties of the refreshed Phenom II X4 965.

According to AMD, the new Phenom II X4 965 will debut at $195 at launch.  This is much less than when the first generation 965 launched, and at which point, will also be lowered in price to match the refreshed version. While the refreshed chip does offer better cooling and a bit better performance, I do not feel it warrants going out and buying it to replace the first generation chip you may already have.  However, with that being said, if you are looking to upgrade to a very inexpensive, yet powerful quad core processor for your AMD based system, then I would skip the rest and make sure to get the newer 125W TDP Phenom II X4 965 processor.



  • A bit better performance than first generation
  • Lower launch price
  • Better thermal performance
  • Better overclocking ability



  • None



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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  5. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray 3.7, PcMark Vantage
  6. Testing: Sandra 2009 Professional
  7. Testing: ScienceMark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  8. Testing: Far Cry 2
  9. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  10. Testing: BioShock
  11. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  12. Testing: Dead Space
  13. Testing: Fallout 3
  14. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  15. Testing: 3DMark06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage Professional
  17. Conclusion
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